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Cranberry Orange Bars

Unless this is your first visit, you may have noticed my blog looking pretty different. I finally was able to transfer to a new host over the weekend and while the transfer process itself was pretty painless, it didn’t really occur to me that my layout would not go with it! Imagine my surprise to learn that I would have to re-do everything! I don’t know why I was surprised, I read that before, but I just forgot. So, this is what you get in 24 hours folks! I hope you like it! Over the next couple of weeks, I will be tweaking some things and will be adding some new features so stay tuned!

Now, onto the good stuff, these cranberry orange bars! I have a holiday party to go to at my advisor’s house this weekend and agreed to bring dessert. I decided on a cookie tray so I hope you all like cookies! I also hope you like cranberries because I have a lot of them in my freezer to use up! Since I am so busy during the week because of work and school, I wanted to get a head start by baking some of the cookies and freezing them until the weekend. These cranberry bars are sweet and tangy. They are also pretty easy to make!

Cranberry Orange Bars

Makes about 24 bars


– 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries

– 1 small orange, zested and juiced

– 3/4 cup water

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 box yellow cake mix

– 1 cup rolled oats

– 3/4 cups butter, melted

– 2 eggs

– Optional: 1 tsp. cinnamon


1. You’re basically going to start off by making cranberry sauce! In a saucepan, add the water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is absorbed. Add the rinsed cranberries, along with the orange juice and zest. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the cranberries pop and the mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a bowl and let cool completely (at least 1 hour).

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, add the cake mix, oats, melted butter, eggs, and cinnamon. Mix until everything is well-combined. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the mixture. In a 9×13 baking dish, spray with non-stick spray. With the remaining batter, spread and push down into pan, forming a crust.

3. Spread the cooled cranberry sauce evenly over the “crust”. Then, with the 1 1/2 cups of batter you reserved, drop it by the spoonful evenly over the mixture. Then, with a knife or spoon, gently try to push down and spread some of each spoonful so it’s not as thick. You do not need to cover all of the cranberries and try to avoid pushing the batter down into the cranberry sauce. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let the bars cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars (trust me on that one!)!



– If you want to try to make this sugar-free, then you can used Stevia or Splenda for the cranberry sauce. As for the cake mixture, look for sugar-free or no-sugar added cake mixes in your grocery store or in health food stores!


40 Responses to “Cranberry Orange Bars”

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — December 6, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Mmm, cranberry and orange is one of my favorite combos! And the blog is looking good to me :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 6, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Congrats on the move! I noticed the look right away and I look forward to the changes you will make in the future! I remember when I changed my host server too… it was a difficult week for me but I don’t think I had many readers back then so that’s the only good part… What a delicious cranberry orange bars! YUM! Perfect grab in the morning with my coffee. :-)

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    Kiri W. — December 6, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I’m not a huge cranberry fan (I didn’t grow up with them in Germany), but your bars looks so moist and vibrant, I definitely would love to try them! Love the easy use of yellow cake mix.

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    E @ Act Fast Chef — December 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

    HaHa! This is my first time visiting :) Love your blog and I LOVE cranberries. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Carolyn — December 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

    These look fantastic. I am way too hungry to be looking at them for breakfast!

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    Tina@flourtrader — December 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

    With all the summer berries gone, I am so glad that we have the cranberries to make use of in the fall and winter. This is a great go to recipe for the holidays, especially when you want to visit instead of spend your whole time in the kitchen! How I would love to have a bit of these delicious bars now..great post.

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    Val — December 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    These cookies look plump full of fruit and flavour. Really like their festive theme and that they are in bar form – so much easier to prepare!

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    Baker Street — December 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Oh yum! Cranberry and orange have been paired so wonderfully. Can’t wait to this recipe. :)

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    Jen — December 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I just did the same thing! What a pain it was too! But now that it’s done, it was SO worth every second it took. Looking great so far…

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    Liz — December 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Oh, the sweet, the tart, the oats…irresistible~

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    Nava Krishnan — December 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I can understand that taking up 24 hours to realign the blog again as I have in fact spend more time to do so but suppose its part of learning and experience. These bars are so lovely and simply amazing but cranberries are quite expensive over at my place.

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    Colleen — December 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Mmm how deliciously appropriate for the holidays! Love the use of cake mix. How easy!

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    Cucina49 — December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    My eyes bugged out a little when I saw these–they look amazing!

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    Kristen — December 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I think your site looks great. I am sure you will tweak it with time, but it’s a great start. Those bars are fantastic. What a yummy, thick layer of cranberry goodness!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Great new site…it looks fantastic! Cannot wait to see when it is all finalized!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — December 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Love the new look!! these look yummy- can i have one for an afternoon snack please?

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I am pretty impressed with what you did in 24 hours! Took me way longer to figure out mine.

    I love these bars. Cranberry and Orange go so well together!

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    Alyssa — December 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    These look delicious! Come link up to my linky party, A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where the theme from now until Christmas weekend is Christmas! Come link up all your holiday treats! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — December 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I love ALL things cranberry!! And these bars look stunning!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — December 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

    These looks fantastically moist and cake-y! Love the festive red that the cranberry gives these bars. Perfect for holiday gatherings!

  21. #
    Ann — December 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Wow! The cranberry orange bars look amazing and the blog looks GREAT! What a terrific, seasonal recipe!

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    Alyssa — December 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

    First, I love the new look! I noticed right away. How did you find transfering your wordpress blog? I was hoping to start a transfer to a self-hosting blog this weekend, but my domane name is too new, so I’ll have to wait a bit. And I love the bars! I love cranberries, especially when you use them with another fruit. I bet these won’t last long at your party!

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    Nish — December 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Love the new look – congrats! :)

    The bars look gorgeous and sound so festive! It almost looks like a crumble in the shape of a bar – genius! x

  24. #
    Shari, The Saucy Gourmet — December 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

    sure wish I could just grab one right off the screen, they look so yummy. I love the combo of cranberry and orange.

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos — December 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

    cranberry orange bars look delicious! would be perfect with a cup of black coffee :). sending some #cookielove to u!

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    The Elegant Eggplant — December 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    YUM!! These look amazing. I love cranberry anything this time of year :)

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    Liz @ Southern Charm — December 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    YUM! Love cranberry and orange together! What a great recipe!

  28. #
    Eftychia — December 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    What a delicious dessert!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Stephanie! I don’t know what I’m more excited about: these *gorgeous* bars or the new look of your site?!! Go away for a couple of days and miss an eternity… :)

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    Alyse Mason Brill — December 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Those look so delicious! I love dream bars, those almost look like cranberry dream bars. I could get into that.

  31. #
    Alyssa — December 8, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Congrats on top 9!!!!

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    Gourmantine — December 8, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Beautiful looking dessert or should I say breakfast?… This looks so perfect for a long Sunday breakfast with a good cup of tea! :)

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    Ridwan — December 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Yay,,,congrats on top 9, you deseve it,i love orange zest on these bars,sound yummy !!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — December 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I so love the combo of orange and cranberry! Congrats on Top 9!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — December 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Love, love, LOVE these, Steph! Your site looks amazing and so do your fruit bars! :) Congrats on Top 9 :))

  36. #
    Food Jaunts — December 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve been loving all of these cranberry recipes I’ve been seeing recently. Your photos look gorgeous. PS – nice new theme, I like the “snow” effect

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    momto8blog — February 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    this looks and sounds delicious! I love the combination of all these ingredients!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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    Deb Z — December 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I made these this past weekend and can say they are good! Next time I’ll add a little more orange zest/juice ’cause I couldn’t taste it in the end product. Also, I prefer more of a crunch than a cake for the topping so I may add some almonds or walnuts or more (and toasted) oats. Definitely a keeper. Thanks so much.


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